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by flamtap
Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for Charleston, SC in June
Replies: 19
Views: 1368

Re: Ideas for Charleston, SC in June

If you're into history at all, go see the confederate submarine Hunley at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston (only open on Saturdays and Sundays). The museum downtown isn't bad either. If you like Italian, you have to go to Bocci's. It's just south of the market on Church St. E...
by flamtap
Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Type Of Wallet?
Replies: 90
Views: 12493

Re: What Type Of Wallet Do You Prefer?

Somewhat tangential to this. I notice I don't carry much cash anymore. Often none at all. I have a bank card and a low-limit credit card. I use the bank card for gas, groceries, etc., and the credit card if I really need to purchase something more substantial. I find I don't need cash all that often...
by flamtap
Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Type Of Wallet?
Replies: 90
Views: 12493

Re: What Type Of Wallet Do You Prefer?

I've had an original front pocket wallet from Walletbe for years and I really like it. It contains my driver's license and various cards and I keep it in my left front pocket. I carry cash in my right front pocket. The wallet does include an elastic band intended to hold cash. I've just never used i...
by flamtap
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: is window 8 good ??
Replies: 49
Views: 4213

Re: is window 8 good ??

And this is the reason why I am strongly considering a MacBook Air for our next computer. The iPad and iPhones are so easy and simple to use. Good point! Does anyone "Vanguard" with an iPad? If so, do you go to the site or do you use the app.? Don't mean to hijack the thread. I manage abo...
by flamtap
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your most intense movie scene
Replies: 155
Views: 15796

Re: Your most intense movie scene

It's the opening and closing scenes of Saving Private Ryan that tear me apart. I've seen that movie at least 25 times and I still can't get through those scenes very well. But the "intense" scene, for me, is the hand-to-hand fighting upstairs in that building. With the German prisoner. I s...
by flamtap
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Getting bond (BND) out of taxable
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Re: Getting bond (BND) out of taxable

Thank you for all of the replies. I'll hold it for a year, then sell and re-invest it properly.
by flamtap
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Getting bond (BND) out of taxable
Replies: 4
Views: 597

Getting bond (BND) out of taxable

I have some shares of the bond ETF (BND) in my taxable account. What's the best way to get it out and re-invested in a more tax-efficient manner? I haven't held it for quite a year yet. I know I'm going to have to take the hit for 2012 but I'd like to get it cleaned up as soon as is practical. My ta...
by flamtap
Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Don't Neglect Tax-Loss Selling as 2012 Winds Down"
Replies: 14
Views: 1905

Re: "Don't Neglect Tax-Loss Selling as 2012 Winds Down"

Thanks to Taylor and FrugalInvestor for clarifying that for me.
by flamtap
Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Don't Neglect Tax-Loss Selling as 2012 Winds Down"
Replies: 14
Views: 1905

Re: "Don't Neglect Tax-Loss Selling as 2012 Winds Down"

Is it appropriate to trade index funds in this manner? I don't know why, but I've never looked at index funds as something you trade in the same sense you would stocks or ETFs. It almost seems incongruous. I do see they use Total Stock Market as an example of tax-loss harvesting in the Wiki. Interes...
by flamtap
Wed Nov 21, 2012 2:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Planet Money: Why Coke cost a nickel for 70 years
Replies: 60
Views: 8016

Re: Planet Money: Why Coke cost a nickel for 70 years

Caffeine and sweetner isn't what makes Coke so bad, it's the phosphoric acid. You know that tingle you get in your mouth and throat when you drink a Coke? That's not from carbonation, that's from phosphoric acid. Some say that most of the sweetner in Coke is actually there in order to counteract the...
by flamtap
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gutter cleaning
Replies: 35
Views: 3104

Re: gutter cleaning

Ugh. I'm in the cone for Sandy, so I have to get up there pretty soon. I usually wait until all of the leaves are down, but... Typically I do it twice a year. Leaves in the Fall and those fuzzy things in the Spring. The latter really do a good job of clogging the downspouts. I don't use a hose or bl...
by flamtap
Fri May 25, 2012 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent plane ride?
Replies: 21
Views: 2085

Re: Decent plane ride?

Thanks for all of the feedback everybody. Quite a lot to think about. I'm going to dig in and do some more research on flights to Phoenix.

Anyone have any suggestions on good places to stay near Zion or Bryce?
by flamtap
Thu May 24, 2012 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent plane ride?
Replies: 21
Views: 2085

Decent plane ride?

I'd like to take my wife to Arizona/Utah next Fall to do the canyon tour. But we're on the east coast and I really dread the six-seven hour flight to AZ. This may not be very Boglehead of me, but is it possible to get a "comfortable" flight without being completely gouged? This is an area ...
by flamtap
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Transfer assets from Scottrade to Vanguard
Replies: 4
Views: 3645

Transfer assets from Scottrade to Vanguard

I would like to open an account at Vanguard and transfer funds from Scottrade. On the Vanguard website you get the impression that you can do this. But I wanted to make sure I was getting it right, so I gave Vanguard a call and was told that I couldn't transfer funds directly from Scottrade, that I ...
by flamtap
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Timing and ETFs vs. Admiral shares
Replies: 11
Views: 983

Re: Timing and ETFs vs. Admiral shares

Thanks for all of the responses. My problem is, I went out and learned about Bollinger Bands. Now every fund I look at is scraping the top band. I really didn't need to know that. If Vanguard has those time limits on trading, how difficult is it to rebalance? I'm not looking to become a trader. I ju...
by flamtap
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Timing and ETFs vs. Admiral shares
Replies: 11
Views: 983

Timing and ETFs vs. Admiral shares

It's the age old question, I'm ready to invest, have a portfolio all picked out, but man, things look pretty high right now. Do I go ahead and jump in or wait a week or two for at least a small dip? Or is that just futile? Also, right now I'm planning on getting ETFs through my brokerage account. I ...